Something borrowed…from nothing new
A slew of retro-styled cameras has appeared on the market of late. Olympus, Fujifilm, Nikon and Leica (have I left anyone out?) have all released high-end digital cameras that look like they were designed and built in the sixties, or before.
Frankly, I find it strange that while some people demand the latest tech wizardry, they want it dressed in decidedly old-tech clothing. Anyway, with all this nostalgic retroness in the air I thought it might be fun to dig around some old magazines and find a few genuine retro camera ads. The ads below date from the the sixties through the nineties. They all appeared in National Geographic magazine, from where I scanned them.
Who would have thought, as we embraced the digital revolution, it’s not the latest and greatest that gets us salivating, it’s the oldies but goldies? Perhaps if the current trend continues your next digital camera might look like one of these.
Of course, in their day there was nothing at all retro about these cameras. They represented the pinnacle of camera technology. I hope you enjoy these ads from days gone by. Perhaps you’ve owned, or better, perhaps you still own and use one or more of these beauties.
Maybe you’d like to share your “old timer” camera experiences with the rest of us. If so, just drop a comment in the appropriate place.